President and General Manager of Boston Celtics Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas probably will not play at the start of the season due to an ailing hip that he got from the Eastern Conference last season.
“There’s going to be probably a little bit of delay for Isaiah as he starts the season this year. But I think that Isaiah should be fine and healthy as the season goes along.” said Ainge.
Thomas was slowed down by the same injury in the last playoffs, which caused him to play in just the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals series against Cleveland. Thomas has no set date yet for a return.
The Boston Celtics will visit Cleveland Cavaliers on both teams’ NBA season opener on October 17.
Kevin McHale, who was fired as coach of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, may not be out of work for long if Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge can help it.
Ainge, who played with McHale on the Celtics, said McHale would be a welcome addition in Boston.
“I’ve always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys,” Ainge said. I told Kevin that today. We’ve got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he’s just in a wait-and-see mode.
“He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he’s just going to lay low. He’s probably got bigger and better things to do — or more relaxing things to do.”
McHale was replaced by J.B. Bickerstaff on Wednesday after a 4-7 start to the season.